Tater Tuesday – David Ortiz (1996)

Welcome to Tater Tuesday on the blog. Each week I’ll take a look at home runs or – as the Great George Scott called them – taters. Usually, this will be home runs by a Timber Rattlers player.

Back in 1996, the Timber Rattlers were in their second season of existence.  They had a slugging first baseman out of the Dominican Republic by the name of David Arias.  That player is now known as David Ortiz.

David Ortiz led the Rattlers in most of the offensive categories in 1996.

David Ortiz led the Rattlers in most of the offensive categories in 1996.

He set the original single season home run mark for the team by launching 18 during that campaign.  This week, we take a look at all of his homers during that season for the Timber Rattlers. 

Unfortunately, the complete details for each homer are not available.  But, we do have the dates of each of his home runs.  If you can supply any of the missing details, feel free to drop a line in the comments.

So, let’s get started.

HR #1
DATE: April 10
OPPONENT:  Fort Wayne Wizards
HOME or AWAY:  Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: James Splittorff
INNING: 4th
TYPE: Solo

HR #2
DATE: April 11
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Kasey Richardson
INNING: N/A
TYPE: 3-run

HR #3
DATE: April 17
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: N/A
INNING: N/A
TYPE: N/A

HR #4
DATE: April 19
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Lorenzo Barcelo
INNING: 1st
TYPE: Solo

HR #5
DATE: April 19
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Lorenzo Barcelo
INNING: 6th
TYPE: Solo

HR #6
DATE: April 30
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: John Lloyd
INNING: 3rd
TYPE: Solo

HR #7
DATE: May 6
OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: N/A
INNING: N/A
TYPE: N/A

HR #8
DATE: May 24
OPPONENT:  Quad Cities River Bandits
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Brock Steinke
INNING: 8th
TYPE: 2-run

HR #9
DATE: May 31
OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER:  N/A
INNING: N/A
TYPE: N/A

HR #10
DATE: June 8 (Game 2)
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Tony Castro
INNING: 8th
TYPE: Solo & Walkoff

HR #11
DATE: June 15
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: N/A
INNING: N/A
TYPE: N/A

HR #12
DATE: June 23
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: N/A
INNING: 3rd
TYPE: 3-run

HR #13
DATE: June 26
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: N/A
INNING: N/A
TYPE: N/A

HR #14
DATE: July 4
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Victor Hurtado
INNING: N/A
TYPE:  Solo

HR #15
DATE: July 7
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Derek Hasselhoff
INNING: 8th
TYPE: Solo

HR #16
DATE: August 4
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Scott DeWitt
INNING: 2nd
TYPE: Solo

HR #17
DATE: August 6
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: N/A
INNING: N/A
TYPE: N/A

HR #18
DATE: September 1
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: N/A
INNING: N/A
TYPE: N/A

NOTES:
Ortiz had two home run droughts of almost a month (July 7 to August 4 & August 6 to September 1) in the second half of the season.

The Timber Rattlers played ten playoff games in 1996.  Ortiz did not homer in any of those playoff games.

That home run on June 8 against Kane County was the first walkoff home run in Timber Rattlers history.

Ortiz held the single season home run record for the franchise until Juan Silvestre hit 21 in the 1999 regular season.

Tater Tuesday Archives:
Wladimir Balentien – 2004

George Scott – 1975

Matt Hagen – 2003

Khris Davis – 2010

Ron Garth – 2006-2008

2012 Postseason Homers

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